Property management

Building control officer

Building control officers make sure building regulations are followed.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £60,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

30 to 40

Future employment

There will be 5% more Building control officer jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You’ll work on the planning and construction phases of building projects to make sure they meet accessibility, conservation, energy, fire safety, and public health regulations.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • working closely with architects, designers, builders and engineers
  • suggesting ways to make building projects more cost effective 
  • carrying out site inspections
  • writing inspection reports and issuing completion certificates
  • surveying unsafe buildings, giving advice or approving their demolition
  • authorising entertainment licenses and checking safety at public venues and events

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You can do a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a relevant subject like:

  • building studies
  • civil engineering
  • structural engineering
  • building control
  • building surveying

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and a science
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree


You could do a college course, which could help when you apply for trainee jobs in building control. Courses include:

  • Level 3 Certificate in Construction and the Built Environment
  • Level 4 Diploma in Building Control Surveying
  • Level 4 Diploma in Civil Engineering

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course
  • 1 or 2 A levels, a level 3 diploma or relevant experience for a level 4 or level 5 course


You can do a building control surveyor degree apprenticeship.

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and college qualifications like A levels for a degree apprenticeship

Direct application

You could move into building control from another job in construction, like quantity surveying or site management.

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors or The Chartered Institute of Building to help with your professional development.

Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in building control from:

£22,000 to £60,000

Starter salary: £22,000 to £27,000

Experienced salary: £30,000 to £40,000

These figures are a guide.

30 to 40

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. You may be on a 24-hour call-out rota.

You’ll split your time between an office and site visits. 

You’ll be on site in all weather conditions.

You’ll sometimes work at height.

With experience, you could specialise in a particular field, like fire safety, or move into technical and planning roles in other departments, like town planning.

You could work as a consultant.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of English language
  • analytical thinking skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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